The Museum of Cornish Life has been awarded a Heritage Emergency Fund grant of £90,900 by the National Lottery.

This grant will make a significant difference to the museum, helping support the organisation through the pandemic.

The Heritage Emergency Funding grant will be used to make major alterations to the museum’s shop and reception, opening up the space to make it easier for visitors to socially distance.

It also provides the independent charity with funds to buy IT equipment to support the new online ticketing and shop sales, extra cleaning provisions, a vital lift repair and PPE for its team of hard-working volunteers.

Museum director, Annette MacTavish, said: “We are so very thankful to have received this significant funding grant from the National Lottery in this unusual and unsettling time for the heritage sector.

“This support will help the museum not only to survive but thrive, with ambitious new plans to create the safest possible welcome for our visitors and volunteers.”

Work on the project is set to begin immediately, but the Museum of Cornish Life will remain open, using a side door entrance. There will also be a pop-up reception and shop in the Cornish Fireplace and Denzils Den.